We used to prepare just a big pot of curry/gravy to go with a big pot of fried noodles/pasta coupled with some finger food, salads and desserts/drinks.
Hello, what about an English themed 'High tea'?
That is basically an afternoon where scones and cakes and light sandwiches are served with pots of delicious English tea.
Keep it simple. Ask around for people to bring something for the table so you don't have to do everything.
Traditional English sandwiches are squares of sliced bread with the filling.Then the crusts are cut off and criss-cross cut into 4 triangles. Then displayed on a platter (usually with paper doilies-or paper napkins underneath) then turned up with the point of the triangle sandwich upwards. Like a Toblerone bar.
Fillings are light. Ham and French mustard (it's milder). Grated cheese and tomato. Egg and chopped cress & mayonnaise. Cucumber sandwiches are a tradition too. Not sure if you have heard of these. Peel the green skin and cut into thin rounds. Lay onto the sandwich and add a dash of salt. They are quite nice actually.
Have lots of little cakes- big enough for a couple of bites each, and not messy. Delicious biscuits and perhaps a flan and Trifles. You could include some quiches, individual ones or present some larger ones cut into slices.
Don't forget to serve traditional English scones with clotted cream and dollops of jam. (Raspberry or Strawberry are best).
And of course, lots of hot English tea served in cups not mugs. Have some coffee for those who won't drink tea.And for the children-make up beakers of squash (Dilute with water type).
I'd recommend 2 large turkeys, (maybe a few extra packages of turkey legs) dressing (cooked separately) gravy, 2 large spiral cut hams, cut thin, 12 lbs sweet potato casserole, ask several people to bring salads, rolls and desserts, paper/plastic utensils.
The turkey, ham and salads can all be served room temperature. Only the gravy and potatoes would have to be heated.
I reciently catered a wedding for 70 guests and this plan (augmented a bit) worked nicely
Bagels, scrambled egg casserole, sausages, donuts, coffee cakes, cookies, coffee and tea and orange juice.